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People view their own behavior as the consequence of situation, but they view behavior by others as inherent personality traits.
Great founders are great magnets, constantly convincing customers to buy, investors to invest, press to cover, great employees to join.
The right idea in the wrong hands is indistinguishable from the wrong idea.
Mediocre VCs want to see traction. The top VCs want you to show them you can invent the future. —@Suhail re @pmarca http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/05/18/tomorrows-advance-man?currentPage=all …
"Everybody wanna tell you how to do it, but they never did it." —Jay Z
We don’t really want things. We want the feelings we think those things will give us.
Yikes! 80% of the extra virgin olive oil sold in the USA is fake, with the mafia reaping margins better than cocaine http://www.cbsnews.com/news/60-minutes-agromafia-food-fraud/ …
"No, we don't use open source." — said no successful startup in the past 5 years.
Don't start with a vague capability. Start with a concrete problem for specific users with a clear path to getting off the ground.
Myanmar Internet usage went from 12% to 60% in 2 years! https://www.techinasia.com/myanmar-internet-revolution-startups … pic.twitter.com/BqhVn46ZgO
Shake Shack started as a money losing burger kiosk to revive an NYC park. The best things start with love, not money.
Almost all bad product decisions start with people in a conference room saying "sure, that sounds good." Road to hell is paved with apathy.
Better to have shipped and failed than to have never shipped at all.
The best pitch is made of a number of obvious and uncontroversial statements that add up to an ambitious achievable future.
All founders want investors who can help, write real checks, make decisions quickly, and do no harm. We should have a Hippocratic oath.
If I had a dollar for every founder who told me they wish they focused on sales earlier after their fresh fundraise...
Writes software, dreams.
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